Arts & Letters Live: Tracy K. Smith & Kevin Young - Poetry, Place & Race
Tracy K. Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Life on Mars. Her memoir Ordinary Light begins with Smith spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother’s house and returning to California with a new sense of what it means to be black.
Kevin Young is one of the leading poets of his generation, who finds inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues. Young’s latest compendium Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 draws from all nine of his previously published collections and includes new poems as well.